Reviewed Monday March 1st 2010 (one night only)
Presented by Mathew Loeser
Venue: Tropeano Function Centre, 443 Tapleys Hill Road, Fulham Gardens
Season: March 1 at 8pm
Tickets: $10 at the door (optional pre-show dinner for additional $15)
Bookings: 8356 6526
It’s always exciting to watch a career blossom. From Victor Harbor to Sydney, Mat Loeser is one of this State’s rising young exports, with a particular appeal to lovers of nostalgia.
The Sophisticates is a tribute concert not only to Noel Coward and Cole Porter but to the grandeur, sophistication and charm of the era in which they thrived. After a successful interstate debut, Loeser has charmed a home crowd in a stellar one night only concert.
Although only 24, Loeser is an old soul, easily relating to his audience and displaying a deep understanding of the memories he guides them through. Expertly playing a grand piano as he sings, he pauses between songs to reveal unusual facts about the lives of his subjects and the stories behind the songs. The humorous patter is short and engaging, teasing out anticipation for the next number.
In keeping with the style of the music, Loeser discards his usual flamboyance for a simple tuxedo, embarking on a journey of 33 songs and medleys, raging from It’s Delovely and Anything Goes, through to Night & Day, I Get a Kick Out of You and the lesser known Please Don’t Monkey with Broadway.
A superbly relaxing evening of high style and music.
Review by Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide Arts Critic.